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Plymouth Navy ship to aid migrant rescue

Plymouth-based HMS Bulwark is the Royal Navy's flagship.

The Plymouth Royal Navy ship that David Cameron has promised to send to the Mediterranean to aid the migrant rescue could be in the area within days.

HMS Bulwark is currently in Turkey for the Gallipoli centenary commemorations, and could be deployed to the Mediterranean from there. The search and rescue mission forms the main part of the UK's response to the refugee crisis.

Flybe confirms 'two crew' rule

The Exeter based airline Flybe has confirmed that it always has two members of the crew present in the cockpit at all times during a flight. Many airlines are reviewing their policy in the light of the tragedy in the French Alps.

Flybe observe the two crew rule Credit: Flybe

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Cornish charity poised to aid cyclone victims

Vanuatu has been devastated by a tropical cyclone Credit: KRIS PARAS/AAP/Press Association Images

Conrwall-based disaster relief agency ShelterBox, which provides highly portable emergency shelter and equipment for families displaced by natural catastrophes, says it's poised to help victims of the tropical cyclone that's hit Vanuatu.

The archipelago of 82 islands about 1,000 miles north east of Australia has been battered by Cyclone Pam, a tropical storm with maximum wind speeds of 170mph. There are already reports of eight known deaths, but aid agencies on the scene expect numbers of fatalities to run into dozens.

ShelterBox, which is headquartered at Helston, says it has teams and equipment on standby in Australia and New Zealand, ready to respond once the islands' main airport is reopened.

"We have contacted the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Vanuatu government, colleague charity CARE International, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International.

"All are aware of ShelterBox's capability and willingness to respond to any unmet shelter needs generated by the cyclone. ShelterBox stands ready to act quickly to deliver prepositioned emergency materials that we have available in the region."

– Phil Duloy, Shelterbox

RFA Argus helps feed 16,000 people in Sierra Leone

More than 220 tonnes of food were delivered for the United Nations Credit: RNAS Culdrose

More than 16,000 people in Sierra Leone have a month’s supply of food after a three-day mission by the British Armed Forces to reach islands cut off from the rest of the country by the Ebola outbreak.

The RFA Argus, which set sail from Falmouth in October, joined the operation to bring supplies, with helicopters delivering more than 150 tonnes of food inland.

These couple of days were the best and the most rewarding that I’ve had in the Royal Navy. It was a fantastic experience to be able to work side by side with the people who will benefit from this aid. Storing it centrally will allow the food to be distributed to those who need it.

– Leading Airman Dave Jackson
Merlin helicopters from RFA Argus delivered food inland Credit: RNAS Culdrose

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RFA Argus helps feed 16,000 in Sierra Leone

More than 220 tonnes of food were delivered for the United Nations Credit: RNAS Culdrose

More than 16,000 people in Sierra Leone have a month’s supply of food after a three-day mission by the British Armed Forces to reach islands cut off from the rest of the country by the Ebola outbreak.

The RFA Argus, which set sail from Falmouth in October, joined the operation to bring supplies, with helicopters delivering more than 150 tonnes of food inland.

These couple of days were the best and the most rewarding that I’ve had in the Royal Navy. It was a fantastic experience to be able to work side by side with the people who will benefit from this aid. Storing it centrally will allow the food to be distributed to those who need it.

– Leading Airman Dave Jackson
Merlin helicopters from RFA Argus delivered food inland Credit: RNAS Culdrose

More than £40,000 raised for orphans in Sierra Leone

The aid will be carried out to Sierra Leone on the Gypsum Centennial, which has been undergoing a refit in Falmouth Credit: ITV News

More than £40,000 has been donated to a shipping company in Cornwall to help send vital provisions to an orphanage in Sierra Leone in time for Christmas.

A&P Falmouth started the appeal two weeks ago.

Later volunteers from Shelterbox and RNAS Culdrose will be packing up boxes to send to Africa.

Life has been hard in the West African country since war broke out and prices have risen. The situation is made even harder since the outbreak of ebola in March.

Plymouth students to be repatriated after fundraising target reached

Two Plymouth students who died in Amsterdam will be brought home after thousands of pounds was raised. It's believed that Shaun Brotherston and Bradley Price died after inhaling white heroin while celebrating Shaun's 21st birthday. Their friends have raised more than £9,000 to repatriate their bodies.

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